con·​ven·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ kən-ˌven(t)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce conventionality (audio) \
plural conventionalities

Definition of conventionality

1 : a conventional usage, practice, or thing
2 : the quality or state of being conventional especially : adherence to conventions

Examples of conventionality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then the form’s conventionality and constraints began to appeal to him: resistance requires something to resist. Dimiter Kenarov, The New Yorker, 23 July 2021 Collins, who died on April 28 at the age of 90, dutifully performed the public acts required of a person who had achieved unfathomable distinction, but in a manner that defied conventionality. Nathan Wurtzel, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 Biden’s initial round of hires disappointed some of the most ardent liberals, but Rubio’s acerbic reaction underscores the downsides of conventionality. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 24 Nov. 2020 That conventionality makes these people more rather than less like us, which is salutary for human beings politically regarded as aliens. Christopher Knight,, 22 June 2019 One of cinema’s great smolders ensues, as Archer — a helpless cog in high-class society’s machine of repression and conventionality — struggles mightily to keep his passions under wraps. Tyler Aquilina,, 1 Nov. 2019 If a concert of Grieg and Elgar sounds to you disappointing in its conventionality, know that two adventurous contemporary works are also the program. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 19 Sep. 2019 To be sure, there’s a familiarity to that Heart Of Darkness setup — and Roy’s whispered, on-the-nose voiceover often adds another level of conventionality. Rachel Yang,, 29 Aug. 2019 Several of the familiar themes are there: the search for and betrayal of the lost mother; the double nature of father/lover and lover/brother; the defense of boredom or nothingness as a moral position more truthful than conventionality. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of conventionality

circa 1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conventionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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